Mike Sullivan is not a fan of morning skates, or trimming ham. Apparently. All that and more on a new 4th Line Hockey Podcast! Drew Doughty and Matthew Tkachuk have quite the rivalry going. How did it get to this point? Valentin Zykov of the Vegas Golden Knights was suspended for performance enhancing drugs. What’s in the water in Vegas? The Colorado Avalanche finally lost. What gives Carl hope for the Avalanche to keep it up this season? John Carlson is leading the league in points so far this season, which hasn’t happened since 1975. How many awards would he win if he keeps itRead More →

With a month in the books of the WHL season, Andy, Carl and Ryan are back with the latest in the WHL! Prince Albert remains atop the Eastern division again/still. How are they doing it? With the season underway, some trades have already happened, with Cole Fonstad off to Everett and Ryan Hughes off to Kamloops. What made them expendable? The Central division features goals by Medicine Hat, depth by Edmonton and an injured Calgary squad that’s still getting by. Where will the dust settle here? The Vancouver Giants have a slow start and a problem of too many overaged players. Who will be theRead More →

On a Thanksgiving afternoon, Carl and Nick have much to be thankful for, including Cinnabon. The Blackhawks and Devils are still winless. After a seemingly successful offseason, what does New Jersey need to do to get things on track? Does a change behind the bench need to happen? There are still two undefeated teams left in the league as well: Edmonton and Colorado. Can Carl’s team be the last to lose? Which of these opening performances is most sustainable? With Bo Horvat being named the captain of the Vancouver Canucks, was that a good choice, and how important is the role of the captain? BraydenRead More →

Both Carl and Nick are supporters of undefeated teams. But how long will that last?   Diving into the undefeated, which of these teams will be the first to lose? It can’t be the Avalanche or Red Wings, can it? And what about the yet to be victorious? Which of the winless teams are most primed for a bounce back? Can we eliminate from the playoffs already? What impact have the new rule changes had on games so far? Are coaches challenges used differently this year? Does picking the side on icing really matter? Carl plays a round of “For or Against” starring such thingsRead More →

Nick returns as we are mere days away from the start of the NHL regular season! But first, the news of the week. The Colorado Avalanche are excited for the start of the regular season, and so are their fans. Unless they’re trying to watch on their local cable, as Altitude Sports will not be distributed on the major carriers. Is this a sign of things to come for local sports? Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Mikko Rantanen all ended their restricted free agent stand still and signed contracts with the Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets (x2) and Colorado Avalanche respectively. Who were theRead More →

Another week closer to the season starting and another set of restricted free agents have signed! With Nick away this week, Fred Anjema of the Slewfoot Hockey Show joins us! Another collection of free agents (and one pre mature) signed extensions. We dive into the deals of Brock Boeser, Brandon Carlo, Thomas Chabot and Brayden Point. The Winnipeg Jets are in a rough spot with Patrik Laine alienating teammates and Dustin Byfuglien being on indefinite leave from the team. What are their options? It’s time to move to the Eastern Conference and preview the Metro division. Many teams have added big pieces this offseason likeRead More →

The 2019-20 season is here! With the WHL back, so is the 4th Line WHL Cast, covering topics such as:   Can Everett 4-peat as US division champions? Youth and veteran rosters are up against each other in the Western conference. Which will come out on top? Will all 5 US division teams make the playoffs again or will BC bounce back? Kelowna is hosting the Memorial Cup this season. What are they doing to prepare for it? After a last season run in Calgary, what will the Hitmen’s fortune be this year? Prince Albert ran away with the league last season. Can they doRead More →

It was a big news week in the NHL! The NHLPA announced that they would not opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement. With 2 more years of labour peace, can we avoid a work stoppage? A collection of restricted free agents signed this week, the biggest name being Mitch Marner. With him finally signed, is everything solved in Leafs land? In addition to Marner, Jared Spurgeon, Josh Morrissey, Ivan Provorov,¬†Travis Konecny and¬†Charlie McAvoy signed extensions. Who were the winners and losers? It’s also time to preview the Central division. In what is the toughest division in the NHL who will come out onRead More →

It’s time for hockey to start! As prospect’s camp, and soon to be NHL camps, are open it’s time to start our division previews! But first….   Jake Gardiner has signed with the Carolina Hurricanes. Why did it take so long? Zach Werenski signed an extension with the Columbus Bluejackets, which means that A RESTRICTED FREE AGENT SIGNED! Niklas Kronwall retired. But is he done with the Red Wings? The NHL’s marketing strategy was highlighted this week, and spoilers, it’s weird. And now, the Pacific division preview! In a division won the by the Calgary Flames last year, the offseason saw James Neal and MilanRead More →